Cruz, PLBC, Philadelphia members honor first African-American woman House Democratic Caucus secretary

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – In celebration of Black History Month, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., along with the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and the Philadelphia House Delegation, today honored Pennsylvania trailblazer Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., for her 26 years of service to the commonwealth at Philadelphia City Hall.


“For over a quarter of a century, Representative Youngblood broke barriers and amplified the voices of those who would have otherwise been shut out and silenced. For that, we are forever grateful,” Cruz said. “Her living legacy will be woven into Pennsylvania’s historical record and she also joins the ranks of other historical African-American figures we recognized during Black History Month.”


A longtime advocate for her Northwest Philadelphia community, Youngblood was elected to represent the 198th Legislative District on April 19, 1994 and introduced several pieces of legislation that aimed to improve the lives of her constituents in her district and across the state. Her legislative tenure also includes sponsoring a variety of community outreach programs and activities.


In 2011, Youngblood was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. Youngblood left this position in 2015 when she was selected by her peers to be part of the House leadership team as the House Democratic Caucus secretary. Youngblood is the first African-American woman to hold a leadership post in the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s history.


Youngblood recently announced her retirement, effective when her term ends later this year.